I processed 2 of my roos last weekend. Those were my 10th and 11th that I have done this year. I scalded them at 155-160 degrees and then chilled in 55 degrees for approx 20sec each time. I then did it again to make sure I have the bird all the way wet. However, the plucking was sheer misery. The feathers hardly came out. They were ok on some areas but others that usually come out real easy were difficult to pull out, especially around the chest. I have used my scaling method before and it worked fine. What went wrong? Do chickens get more plummage in the winter/ late fall? What can I do about it? Also, it took them 36hrs to get over rigor mortis this time and I just put them in the freezer today, after a day and a helf in the fridge. Will they be ok for Thursday if I thaw them out Wednesday night, or must I take a dreaded trip down to the store to get a broasted chicken? Thank you for all your help!